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Many original, creative and versatile people live in the area around Martićeva street. Meet them.

 
 

Marija Gašparović and Igor Dugandžić-Cigo: We have met though photography and we would not be where we are today without each other

Marija Gašparović and Igor Dugandžić-Cigo are recognizable faces of the Design District Festival Zagreb, and the festival is even more recognizable because of their photographs. Since the Festival’s first edition in 2016, they have been working together and capturing unrepeatable moments, giving the Festival its visual identity and growing together with it.

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BORIS IVANČIĆ: Wine is a noble liquid, an achievement of civilization


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Boris Ivančić, whose Vivat wine stores have been an indispensable part of the Croatian wine market for the past 25 years, has retained his enthusiasm until today, combining it with high business and aesthetic standards.

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HRVOJE ŠKURLA: Listening is desirable, being docile is not


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Hrvoje Škurla, a marketing creative director, but also a hands-on businessman when needed, currently rules the Pink Moon Agency, located in Ratkajev prolaz in Zagreb, with a firm hand. During the 18 years he has been in the profession, he has seen it all: he began working at the 101 Radio Station, did freelance work, worked in the Digitel Agency, and the successful agencies he has helmed include Buka and Fahrenheit (later merged with McCann). We talked to him at a ping pong/conference table, which he compares to the table from the film “24 hour party people”, since all he does with the table, as he does not actually play ping pong, is get his hand gets stuck in the net, but hey, you are paying for the design.

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LOVORKA SRŠEN: Team that believes in the project is common to all good projects in the field of culture


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Lovorka Sršen is the coordinator and main executive producer of the Design District Zagreb festival, and the projects on which she works include the production of various musical events and festivals, including the Motovun Film Festival. 

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Maša Milovac: I gravitated to this neighbourhood because it has good energy


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Maša Milovac is an independent designer whose portfolio comprises a host of successful, often self-initiated projects that emerged as a result of her professional engagement within the Manufakturist collective or her independent work.

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MARIN LEVAJ: One successful project naturally leads to others


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A successful representative of the younger generation of Zagreb’s bar owners, Marin Levaj is one of the four co-founders and co-owners of the popular Mojo bar at the very start of Martićeva Street ― that is, at the Croatian Nobles Square.

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ANA UGARKOVIĆ: Mali bar lives its own life

“I am thrilled that we have phenomenal guests who like this space and understand our rather relaxed approach to managing the restaurant. We attract people who do not care about silverware or select napkins, they mostly come here to socialize.”

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JELENA BANDO: All the new happenings suddenly struck me

In approach to the upcoming international festival of illustrations 36 Mountains, which takes place from the 2nd to the 4th of September in Gallery Bačva of the HDLU, we spoke with its founder and artistic director, painter and illustrator Jelena Bando.

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MAURO MASSAROTTO: There is a normal vibe around the Mosque

“I accept everything that goes on around here. I think that here, in this neighbourhood, there are many nice studios and people who are doing great things. I hope that the Design District will not just be like, we are the Design District and that’s it, I hope that people will really come together and do something concrete.”

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LANA CAVAR: In Vitić skyscraper, modernism lives on in its old, ascetic luxury

“The two basic questions were: where am I going to run and where am I going to go to the market? At the time, the fact that Maksimir was only 10 minutes away by bike, and Kvatrić was in the immediate vicinity, was virtually more important to me than the apartment building itself… Like, if that fit, then everything else would surely be OK as well.”

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FIKTIV: Martićeva neighbourhood must become a reflection of a strong creative community


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“This neighbourhood needs more initiatives that really correspond to the public. There should be a turn from the private towards the public, the ‘creatives’ must communicate with the ‘locals’. The whole community needs to be open.”

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PULS*AR

PULS*AR was established in December 2013, as a new initiative by principal architects with a collective wealth of experience built through their individual careers, each stretching back almost twenty years. Together, they encompass a wide range of varied concepts, designs, and built developments, winning them international recognition and a host of prestigious awards.

Atelier Ane Barbić Katičić

Ana Barbić Katičić has been exhibiting independently and collectively in Croatia and abroad (France, Belgium, Israel) for 15 years (since graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb). So far she has exhibited 20 times independently, and is a member of Croatian Association of Artists and Croatian Freelance Artists Association.

Home of Printers’ Trade Union

The printmakers’ and publishers’ union is, with its 147 years of constant activity, the oldest union in Croatia and beyond, established as the Croatian Typographic Society.

Kreativni centar Ledana

Unutrašnjost bloka u Bauerovoj 19 jedan je od primjera dugogodišnjeg nastojanja za očuvanjem bivšeg industrijskog kompleksa tvornice leda kao prostora od javnog značaja, a protiv pokušaja njegove privatizacije.